The perfect home looks different to different people, depending on the size of your family, how you regularly utilize your residential space, and what you are planning for the future. Similarly, the perfect community to settle down in is bound to vary among families based on the same types of lifestyle needs and other considerations.

Certain cities and regions, however, encompass many of the desirable qualities that, in turn, give them nearly universal appeal for a wide range of prospective homeowners. Such is the case with Colorado Springs, which has ranked within the top three Best Places to Live in America, released by the U.S. News & World Report, in both 2018 and 2019.

From its consistently strong job market and excellent public schools to the vibrant culture and alluring natural amenities, Colorado Springs has a lot going for it.

Top Reasons to Move to Colorado Springs

Whether you are moving for work, retirement or to achieve a better quality of life, one of the first steps is finding land to build a new home or buying an existing house. If you’re looking to settle down in the Colorado Front Range, here are a few reasons to consider moving to Colorado Springs:

1. Numerous New Construction Opportunities

Currently, the resale inventory in the Colorado Springs housing market is tight, especially as people leave larger cities in favor of smaller Colorado neighborhoods. However, new construction is an attractive alternative to create your luxury dream home in this vibrant city. If you want to buy land in Colorado Springs, your best bet is the northern part of town or neighborhoods like Sanctuary Pointe, The Farm, Winsome, Walden Preserve, Kings Deer, Gleneagle, Grandwood Ranch, Hilltop Pines and Palmer Lake. Within these communities, you can still find a few vacant custom home lots that can serve  as the foundation for building new and enjoying years of Colorado Springs living.

2. Comfortably Dense Suburban Environment

With a population of about 465,000, Colorado Springs provides a sprawling urban environment that puts you in close proximity to important public amenities without feeling too cramped or chaotic. There is a plethora of parks, coffee shops, national retail shops and restaurants, local boutique shops, cafés and clean streets that contribute to a fresh, modern ambience. Yet, along with the conveniences and comfort provided by city life, there is also a strong sense of community. And for both families and individuals, there is no shortage of fun things to do throughout the week or on the weekend.

3. Above-Average Public School Options

Students that reside in Colorado Springs will benefit from enrollment in one of several excellent regional school districts, depending on where exactly they live. The good news is that many of them are top-ranked public school districts that provide both academic and social-emotional growth opportunities for Colorado Springs’ young residents. Take Cheyenne Mountain School District, located in the southwest corner of Colorado Springs, which has a graduation rate of approximately 98%. Meanwhile, Colorado Springs School District 11 is one of the most diverse districts in the state. There are also a variety of specialty, charter and private schools for your child’s education.

4. Easy Commute to Other Colorado Cities

Denver is only about an hour from Colorado Springs via Interstate 25 North—less if you travel during a low-traffic time. While there is currently no passenger train service between the two cities, Groome Transportation runs a shuttle from Colorado Springs to the Denver International Airport, which is perfect when you want to travel for business or pleasure. Or you can use the Colorado Springs Airport that is located just 12 miles from downtown Colorado Springs. Fort Collins, a lovely town to visit and the fourth most populous city in Colorado, is located about two hours away from Colorado Springs.

5. Abundance of Natural Beauty

Situated at the eastern foot of the Rocky Mountains near the base of Pikes Peak – known as America’s Mountain, Colorado Springs offers a stunning natural environment and ample opportunity for outdoor recreation that enhances the quality of life for residents and visitors alike. Take the city’s iconic Garden of the Gods Park with mammoth red-sandstone formations or the Pike National Forest that features beautiful hiking trails, or the countless other local parks and trail systems. Whether you prefer fishing, hiking, bicycling, camping or traveling, you can find a place to indulge your outdoor recreational hobbies within the Colorado Springs area.

6. Overall Quality of Life

Although Colorado Springs is a notably good place to raise a family, it has plenty to offer young professionals and older retirees as well. The weather in the region tends to be moderate throughout the year, which enables you to get outdoors and enhance your health and well-being on a regular basis, but the city also gets all four seasons in all their beauty. As for the annual snowfall—which is higher than the national average—that’s just an excuse to hit the slopes or pursue winter sports. Colorado Springs also provides a relatively affordable cost of living, high air quality and diverse dining and entertainment options, all of which contribute to Colorado Springs’ high quality of life. If you’re into food, it also has a bevy of amazing restaurants!

Living in Colorado Springs for the Long Term

If you want Colorado Springs or a nearby community such as Monument to be the site for your next stage of life, one of the first decisions to make is whether to buy a house or build new. The benefit of purchasing land and constructing a custom home is that you can make an investment that satisfies not only your current lifestyle needs but also your long-term plans. With the help of Gowler Homes, you can design a forever home that is tailored to your specific tastes and family routines. Our team also includes real estate professionals to guide you through the process of scouring the market and finding the perfect slice of Colorado Springs land to set down roots.

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